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  • A Crash Course in Brady

    On a blustery and frigid night in Foxborough, the Patriots QB and his tough, young team put on a wild show against Denver.

  • The Beatdown That Heals: Pacquiao-Rios

    Manny’s resurrection in Macau and its meaning in the Philippines.

  • College Football, Week 13: Stay Gold

    It was too impeccably constructed to last. Heading into Week 11, we had five contenders, one undefeated team from each of college football’s most powerful conferences, humming happily in the rarefied air of the BCS standings’ uppermost reaches. The fact that we were even presented with that scenario as far into the season as the […]

  • The Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Finale: A Show Finally Worthy of Its Price Tag

    I bailed on Boardwalk Empire’s fourth season after the fourth episode. I’d simply had my fill of the meandering plots and cartoonish violence, the constant attempt to ferment something meaningful out of unrewarding chaff. Thanks to the largesse of HBO, the series was blessed with outrageous talent, unparalleled production design, and a budget worthy of […]

  • Deja Vu in Chicago, Plus a Trip Through the NBA’s Emergency Room

    Some thoughts after a very depressing weekend of NBA basketball has left the league feeling unusually unsettled for this time of season, with scads of injuries and so many (Eastern Conference) teams with high internal expectations floundering horribly: With Derrick Rose officially lost for the season, we don’t need any more reminders about just how […]

  • About Last Weekend: G-Men Fading Away

    In case you were out getting a terrifying vote of confidence from an eccentric Russian oligarch, here’s what you missed in sports last weekend: A rough day for the Manning family saw the Dallas Cowboys all but eliminate the Giants’ scant playoff hopes with a 24-21 win at the Meadowlands. “The bad news is, we’re […]

  • Box Office Top Five: Catching Fire Is the Year’s Second-Biggest Opening

    1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $161.1 million (opening weekend) This has been preordained to win since it got its release date sometime in 2012. But it was never a sure bet that Catching Fire would secure the best November opening ever and fall second only to Iron Man 3’s $174.1 million opening for 2013. […]

  • Anatomy of a Classic

    What really made Broncos-Patriots an OT thriller? Plus, the rest of the notable news from Week 12.

  • The Best of Grantland Pop Culture Podcast: Bill Simmons on Movies, ‘Bound 2,’ Survivor

    Wesley and Alex talk movies with Bill Simmons; Girls in Hoodies cover Kanye, Kim, and the “Bound 2” video; and Right Reasons discuss the latest episode of Survivor. Listen to the podcast here: ESPN.com Podcenter. Subscribe to Grantland Pop Culture on iTunes, and check out our podcasts page.

  • Week 12 NFL Viewing Guide: Let’s Talk About the Cardinals Defense

    Sneaky Good Game of the Week Colts at Cardinals, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday If I’d asked you in August who would lead the league in defensive DVOA through 11 weeks, how many guesses would it have taken before you landed on the Arizona Cardinals? I’m comfortable saying at least 10, and probably more. It would […]

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